At a recent partner meeting we discussed the current economy and what changes we need to be thinking about both now and when we come out of the recession. What are your thoughts?
As law firms emerge from the current recession many will face many new business realities and be forced to consider whether existing business models are still appropriate for the future. Legal process outsourcing (LPO), off-shoring, virtual offices, alternative billing, etc. We believe that the recession may accelerate the pace by which firms reevaluate existing processes and consider new business models.
Ten years ago (1999) the ABA hosted the "Seize the Future" conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
The conference predicted massive change fueled by the internet. Many of these changes we have already witnessed and experienced – others are yet to come – possibly in the near future. Richard Susskind's popular book "The End of Lawyers: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services paints an interesting future. As we emerge from the recession pressures will exist that may excelerate some of the other changes that have been predicted.
Here are some changes that some firms are already implementing:
Here are a few examples:
The key ingredent is to not get stuck in the past. Incumbancy and pass success has never been worth less. Ask General Motors.
John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC